10 Best Travel Destinations in Uttarakhand

10 Best Travel Destinations in Uttarakhand

Also popularly known as 'Devbhoomi,' the land of the gods, Uttarakhand has been one of India's most popular hiking destinations since ancient times. Home to numerous pilgrimage sites and well-traveled trekking routes in Uttarakhand is pure bliss and a fun-packed choice for any kind of trekker, adventure seeker, or peace lover. The whole area of Uttarakhand is laced with deep serenity, unparalleled greenery, and impeccable tranquility, which offer the trekkers a sense of peaceful exuberance.

Below are some of the most vibrant trekking routes that can't be missed if you're planning a trekking expedition in Uttarakhand:

Roopkund Trek (Chamoli)

Roopkund is perhaps one of India's most popular hiking routes offering mesmerizing views from the top. Generally, a 6-day trek, exhilarating campsites, picturesque paths, dense green forests, and beautiful rolling green meadows make this trek one of the most popular in Uttarakhand. After a beautifully beautiful ride, you can see the eerily stunning, shimmering blue Roopkund Lake (which has been covered with ice for most of the year) with the Trisul Mountain above it.

Gangotri Gaumukh (Gomukh) Trek (Uttarkashi)

Literally translated as 'cow's snout,' Gomukh is the source of the holiest river in India, Ganga, and surrounded by the towering Mt. Shivling, the Gangotri mountain group, and the Kedardome peak. The Gangotri Gomukh trek is not only covered by enthralling adventurers, but also by pilgrims and devotees. Throughout the trek, you'll be going through a range of sparkling white glaciers such as the Meru Glacier and the Kirti Bamak Glacier, making it a special experience.

Valley of Flowers Trek (Chamoli)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers is one of India's most popular treks for avid hikers, enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Accidentally discovered by Frank S. Smythe in 1931, the Valley of Flowers is a must-do trek. In the open seasons, you will be greeted with vibrantly colored flowers of different shades embracing the valley from all sides. A babbling stream of clear water along with a new, soothing air will refresh your mind, body, and soul. This trek takes 4 to 5 days where you're going to cover a distance of 17 km starting from Joshimath.

Kedar Tal Trek (Uttarkashi)

Popularly known as 'Shiva's lake,' this 17 km trek from Gangotri is a challenging one and one of the best choices for hikers looking to push their borders and discover a new horizon. The whole trek is set with rocky terrain and rugged topography which finally gives way to the glittering clear lake resting on the lap of the towering Thalay Sagar mountain, Bhrigupanth, among other snow-capped Himalayan peaks. During the hike, you will witness a rich quality of mesmerizing high-altitude biodiversity.

Rupin Pass Trek (Uttarkashi)

Known for being one of India's most classic treks because it resembles an exhilarating nature and adventure orchestra, Rupin Pass Trek is also one of India's most beloved treks. The best part of this trek is that it gives way to stunning views of every turn and curve. These 9 days of the moderately difficult trek start from the picturesque village of Dhaula and pass through numerous flower-studded lush rolling meadows and towering gushing waterfalls. The unmatched natural beauty and the solid white earth mass on the top make it a life-long trek.

Pindari Glacier Trek (Kumaon Region)

Locally referred to as 'the soul of Kumaon,' this trek is considered to be easily accessible but difficult to overlap with the towering snow-capped mountains and breathtaking moraines. This is one of the most spectacular hikes anyone can take in the expansive white snowfields that lie within the wider Himalayan range of the region. Located at an altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level on the lap of Pindar Valley, this hiking route starts from Loharkhet and continues through Dhakuri, winding up at the source of the Pindar River, which meets the Alaknanda River.

Har ki dun Trek (Uttarkashi)

Popularly known as the 'valley of gods' and settled in the enchanting western Himalayan valleys of Uttarakhand, this trek is a total delight for hikers, adventure lovers, and walkers in general. Located below the Har ki dun trek this valley is entirely accessible via the Govind National Park, well known for its rich flora and fauna. One can observe the legendary Swargarohini 1, 2, and 3 of the Swargarohini, Paddypoonch, and Black peak altogether.

Dodital Trek (Uttarkashi)

These 5 days of trekking adventure kick start in the small village of Uttarkashi and eventually gives way to the beautiful lake of Dodital and the top of Darwa (viewpoint). The emerald lake is located among the high snow-capped mountains and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in Northern India. The unique aspect of this trek is the availability of Himalayan trout in the lake and a small Lord Ganesha temple (as per mythology this is the place where he was born).

Dayara Bugyal (Uttarkashi)

Dayara Bugyal is famous for being one of the easiest hikes for amateurs and beginners alike. Located at an altitude of 3,408 meters above sea level, these lush meadows serve as grassland for local flocks. This 6 days of trekking expedition will take you through the vibrant wildflower scattered across the oak and maple forests. The trek begins from Raithal and starts at the rolling green bugs. Trekking is the perfect choice for people looking to start their trekking life.

Rudranath Trek

Mostly frequented by devout Hindus and pilgrims (due to the presence of the Rudranath Temple, the fourth site of the Panch Kedar Yatra), this trek is also covered by ardent trekkers. The trek to the Holy Place provides exhilarating views of the various shades of nature. This moderately difficult trek winds through tiny villages offering vivid views of the surrounding Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti peaks. The entire trail provides spectacular views of the trees, green meadows, and lush valleys.